As the site name indicates, the purpose of this blog is to show how amazing the wildlife that surrounds us can be. Most of the time I will be using my photography and writing based on my observations and information gathered at other websites to accomplish this.

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Enjoy the show!



northern harrier

2021/06/06 – Majestic takeoff of a northern harrier

I took these pictures 2 weeks ago, the very same day I saw the killdeer chicks. On the trail that day, I met my friend Bill, a retired meteorologist, who told me: “did you see the northern harrier?”I hadn’t, so he pointed it out to me, as we were not far from the branches where she was perched. Thank you very much Bill, that was a great tip.Then, I watched and took a lot of… Read more

Johnson jumping spider

2021/06/01 – Johnson jumping spider

Today we have a petite Johnson jumping spider, scientific named “Phidippus johnsoni“, this spider is also known as “red-backed jumping spider”. The reason for the alternate name is obvious in the specimen I caught in my camera in September of last year. I have been wanting to show you this little creature for a long time, but there seem to always be some other creatures or reports which seemed more important at the time. So… Read more

killdeer close-up

2021/05/26 – Fooled by a killdeer

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a bird do something strange. She was rubbing her belly in the sand, swaying her spread wide tail showing a beautiful rufous color. So, naturally, I took a bunch of pictures. I had no idea why she was doing that.Then, last Tuesday, I decided I should check out the pics before going out to hike the next morning. That was a very good idea. As I was examining… Read more

male and female blue grosbeak

2021/05/16 – Blue grosbeak

Last weekend I asked my daughter about her making some icons based on my birds pictures. She remarked that they are most often brown, or dull colors. Well, I was lucky enough to catch a bunch of colorful birds this week. So the next 4 posts will be all about colorful birds. The first one is the blue grosbeak.As is common practice in the English taxonomy, this bird’s name was chosen for the male appearance:… Read more

Mallard female duck and ducklings

2021/05/09 – Mother’s day special – Duck mom and ducklings

Today is Mother’s Day, and last week I read this excellent article on the subject: her article, Margaret Renkl, who often writes about our connection with nature in The New York Times, starts by highlighting some dark aspects of that particular holiday. Something which most people, myself included, don’t think about. And then, she goes on to explore human mother’s relationship with nature with examples such as: “Who could resist the lioness purring as she… Read more